Kate Hansen
Kate Hansen
Policy Assistant
Policy Program

My life has been a unique mix of rural and urban, but rural America has always had my heart. I’ve lived everywhere from Illinois to Massachusetts, and now Iowa, but my home is small-town Indiana. My family has been in northern Indiana for many generations, in an area that is part Rust Belt, part Corn Belt.

I just graduated from Wellesley College, where I studied American studies—with an independent focus on rural America—and geosciences. As a student, many of my academic projects focused on rural issues, so I look forward to being part of an organization that sees the diverse range of rural experiences, and passionately advocates for all of them.

Attending college in a highly metropolitan area sensitized to me the ways that rural areas were marginalized in conversations, or their issues misunderstood. It sparked a passion in me for discussing rural issues with my peers, educating myself on rural history, and made me proud to be from a small town.

In my free time, I enjoy exploring small-town ice cream shops, playing badminton, watching documentaries, and my favorite animal is a goat.

Learn more about Kate on our blog.